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Wednesday, 07 April 2021 18:14

A Matter of Life - AI maximizes safety

 

A game-changing device uses AI to maximize safety in climbing gyms


Techtopia, a member of the Walltopia Group of companies announced the launch of a new product that solves the complex problem of safety in climbing gyms.

In theory, climbing walls and high ropes sessions should be the safest of all ‘adventurous’ activities. There should be no uncertainty of outcome beyond how far an individual will be able to climb. The environment is artificial and controlled, the equipment is well-engineered for the job and there are tried and tested autobelay systems available to protect all involved.

In reality, human error changes the equation.

There seems to be an assumption that mechanical or technical failure is more common and more serious than human error. The opposite is true – accidents in climbing gyms are far more likely to be due to human error than mechanical failure. High-risk situations where a climber starts his ascend without having attached himself to an autobelay happen every day. Happily, accidents are rare but they should not really happen at all.

When designing operations and choosing equipment, we need to focus on reducing the possible negative impact of human factors. It is crucial that wherever possible, at every critical point in the system, there is some form of a double-check.

Dian Deskov

Dian Deskov,
A founder and CTO of Techtopia

“We stand at the dawn of a new era. It’s an exciting time to be living and working, especially in IT. Various Digital Enabling Technologies, such as AI and IoT, have come of age together, allowing us to work and operate in ways that were impossible a few years ago.

In the world of artificial climbing ensuring climbers’ safety has always been a top priority and a challenge. In a climbing gym, the importance of safety is a lifesaving matter,” says one of the founders and CTO of the Techtopia - Dian Deskov.

Techtopia’s team of high-tech engineers has created a system that is smarter than any of the existing belay supervision systems available. It relies on AI and incorporates the latest technology in image recognition into an all-seeing camera device that detects the movement of a human approaching the climbing wall, follows and analyzes his actions observing multiple points on his body, and sets off an alarm in case the human forgets to attach to the belaying system of the wall and trespasses a certain height or into a neighboring climbing route. Gym owners can set the zones and parameters they want to have observed and monitored.

 

Higher Eye

 

The name of the belay assurance camera system - a proprietary development of Techtopia, is Higher Eye. Its camera is highly durable and resistant to all challenges a climbing gym can pose upon it. Beyond its core function to alarm when a climber is not attached to an autobelay, the trained algorithms bring multiple additional features such as:

  • Generating a heat map of the wall with statistics for the routes so gym owners can see which ones are preferred by climbers.
  • Detailed information about each route as average time to climb, where the climbers drop most often, what areas are the climbers passing fast or slow.
  • Tailored information for each climber, enabling them to see a recording of their climb and optimize their strategy and moves.
  • Future versions may also include a Head-Up Display (HUD) feature for each climber that will project valuable real-time information that would be always in the sight of the climber.

Walltopia Gym

Тhanks to AI and Advanced Analytics technology, Higher Eye provides an end-to-end video-based, real-time analysis of humans and objects to detect, highlight and prevent potentially dangerous behavior in a climbing gym and ultimately save lives.

“If desired, the stream together with the events can be further analyzed by applying predictive models to forecast the patterns that bring to the dangerous behavior, and even more, to get better refinements on the recognition,” explains Deskov.

Other Dimensions


The videos and photos generated by the device will most definitely appeal to the users craving for social media content. The pictures and videos will most definitely be considered shareable content that would make Millennials and kids happy and popular.

Higher Eye has also a high potential for future use preventing accidents on the streets - on crossroads or public transport stations and generally, everywhere video and image systems can be leveraged to prevent human mistakes that can be a matter of life.

 

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Kristin Horowitz, CEO of The Pad Climbing, and Executive Director of SLO Op Climbing, San Louis Obispo, CA, USA

 

I'd like to thank Walltopia...

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Frédéric Charron, Blocshop, Montréal , Canada

 

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Andrew McBurney, Boulderz Climbing Centre

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Brock Tilling, Project Climbing Centre - Cloverdale

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Steven Brown, The Hub

THANKS - for the great work you all have …

Dear WALLTOPIA-Team,
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